Stop ru­in­ing our town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Ev­ery week I read with horror, as your newspaper re­ports on count­less “im­prove­ments” to Ash­ford.

Over the years there have been so many changes to our once peace­ful mar­ket town. It is im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine what the fu­ture may hold.

Too many su­per­mar­kets, do we re­ally need more? Al­ready too many houses, new and of­fice block con­ver­sions. Who is go­ing to come to Ash­ford (who would want to!)

Where is there enough em­ploy­ment to sup­port the many thousands who sup­pos­edly will flock here?

No longer the large com­pa­nies – for ex­am­ple the rail­way works, em­ployed hun­dreds and made Ash­ford – which are gone for ever.

Is Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil on the thresh­old of mad­ness? Two steps for­ward and one back. Stop try­ing to de­stroy the old Ash­ford. We have a his­tory that goes back many hun­dreds of years. Your lo­cal his­to­rian Steve Sal­ter knows more about Ash­ford’s his­tory than the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors.

Sorry, but I hate the Ash­ford of to­day. The only place I visit is my bank, and that not of­ten. Stop try­ing to turn Ash­ford into some­thing it has never been. The char­ac­ter has gone for ever. S. Knight, Stubbs Cross, Ash­ford has also led to an “ex­o­dus” of staff from Kent hos­pi­tals fall far short of your usual high stan­dards of hon­est, ac­cu­rate and im­par­tial re­port­ing.

Tak­ing the Stack threat first. I did not live in the county prior to the 1975 ref­er­en­dum which ef­fec­tively took the UK into the EU – al­beit un­der the guise of join­ing the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity; had the Bri­tish pub­lic been told the truth then, I sus­pect we would not be go­ing through such a bit­ter di­vorce now as we would never have joined – so can­not com­ment on how jammed the roads were then when bor­der con­trols were much stricter.

I moved here in 1991, so can re­mem­ber mo­tor­ing life be­fore Schen­gen rules were ap­plied in 1995 and don’t re­call non-stop Stack. So why now?

A quick Google check on Ox­era, who wrote the re­port, high­lights their close ties with Europe, so their im­par­tial­ity has to be ques­tioned.

As for EU Na­tion­als leav­ing lo­cal hos­pi­tals, I’m sure they did but in the ab­sence of any fig­ures cov­er­ing how many were taken on in the same pe­riod, the ar­ti­cle is skewed and there­fore ques­tion­able. L. D. God­dard, Ash­ford

So it looks like the KE – along with the FT and BBC – has joined Op­er­a­tion Fear: Per­ma­nent Op­er­a­tion Stack, in­creased bor­der checks, EU staff leav­ing the NHS (Au­gust 3)

None of this has been de­cided yet, the ne­go­ti­a­tions have only just started and who­ever said that EU cit­i­zens will have to leave the UK when we left the EU, no one!

We voted to leave the EU last year and since then the Re­moan­ers have not let up try­ing the thwart the will of the Bri­tish peo­ple.

We are leav­ing the Single Mar­ket be­cause leav­ing the EU we can no longer be mem­bers, we are leav­ing the Cus­toms Union so we can set up trade deals with the coun­tries around the world who are lin­ing up to do such deals with us, and we will no longer be un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Euro­pean Courts of Jus­tice so that we are in charge of our own laws at the end of March 2019.

The EU is a di­min­ish­ing mar­ket for us, racked with bu­reau­cracy with a fail­ing cur­rency. Why go down with a sink­ing ship? Mick Carr, Kingsnorth

Site clear­ance is un­der way for the new El­wick Place cin­ema and restau­rant com­plex

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